of silence following the events in connecticut last friday. it was a somber moment in the financial world. ten minutes from now, trading will begin and these are the stories which we will concentrate on this monday morning. speaker boehner says, go ahead, raise tax rates on millionaires, that's a retreat. it's a new offer from john boehner, a higher tax rate on incomes over a million a year. gas prices really falling fast. in the whole state of missouri the average is 2.94. nine states are within a few cents of breaking below $3 a gallon. and yes, it's the monday after the connecticut shooting and father jonathan morris is here for "varney & company." scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the marke he goes with people he trusts, which is why he trades with a company that doesn't nickel and dime him with hidden fees. so he can worry about other things, like what the market is doing and being ready, no matter what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great.